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1994 / THE AFTERGLOW

Mind's Eye

 

Progressive Metal

2.44 | 9 ratings

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ZeroDreamPlasMaximus
2 stars This album was originally a self-titled demo by a young band called Afterglow, who would later become known as MIND'S EYE. It was released in 1994, but has been remastered, given new artwork, and released through Lion Music in 2008. The music on this album is very different from Mind's Eye's current sound.

The band itself was much different too. They were much younger (most of them in their late teens), and had a different singer back then, Germán Pascual. Pascual's vocal style is very similar to that of Stratovarius' Timo Kotipelito, and it fits the music well, which is more of a raw power metal than the prog rock/metal of Mind's Eye's current days. Here, ''No Exit''-era Fates Warning is their most prominent influence. All of the songs here are heavy, but aren't very cohesive, a sign of the band's inexperience. Plus they aren't too memorable, one exception being the intro to A Thousand Nights After The Last Sundown, which shows that even at the age of 15, Daniel Flores can play some kickass drumbeats.

All in all, if you dig more of a power metal type of release, or if you are a hardcore ME fan, you should get this album. But, this is NOT the place to begin if you are new to Mind's Eye. Try out ''A Gentleman's Hurricane'' for starters instead.

ZeroDreamPlasMaximus | 2/5 |

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